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Dividend stocks are wonderful because they increase my cash with regular payments. One major date in relation to the payment is the ex-dividend date. If you own a stock before this date, you get the next payment. This is very interesting because in the case of a high yield stock, I can earn at least one percent in cash for a short period of investing.

I screened stocks with ex-dividend date within the upcoming week. 118 common and preferred shares have their ex-dividend date between December 12 and December 18. Exactly 7 of them have a yield above 10 percent and 40 stocks yielding above 5 percent (high yield). Many of them have a high yield because the market believes that the dividend is not sustainable. Because of this, I decided to select only those stocks with a market capitalization above $2 billion. These are the results sorted by dividend yield:

1. Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) has a market capitalization of $3.20 billion. The company employs 360 people, generates revenues of $483.40 million and has a net income of $691.83 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $501.28 million

The total debt representing 30.21 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 45.19 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 32.12 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $1.77, of which $1.40 were paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.82, Price/Sales 6.77 and Price/Book ratio 1.07. Dividend Yield: 9.34 percent. The beta ratio is 1.80. Ex-Div. Date is on December 13, 2011.

2. Investors Real Estate Trust (IRETP) has a market capitalization of $2.20 billion. The company employs 305 people, generates revenues of $237.41 million and has a net income of $4.48 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $123.81 million

The total debt representing 63.38 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 248.68 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 0.47 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $-0.03, of which $0.69 were paid in the form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 3.10 and Price/Book ratio 1.53. Dividend Yield: 7.31 percent. The beta ratio is 0.40. Ex-Div. Date is on December 16, 2011.

3. TOTAL S.A. (TOT) has a market capitalization of $117.11 billion. The company employs 92,855 people, generates revenues of $187,466.30 million and has a net income of $14,422.02 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $35,568.63 million.

The total debt representing 21.18 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 50.38 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 18.72 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $7.13, of which $3.04 were paid in the form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.29, Price/Sales 0.64 and Price/Book ratio 1.40. Dividend Yield: 6.39 percent. The beta ratio is 1.01. Ex-Div. Date is on December 14, 2011.

4. Valley National Bancorp (VLY) has a market capitalization of $2.04 billion. The company employs 2,720 people, generates revenues of $676.81 million and has a net income of $131.17 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $326.08 million.

The total debt representing 8.03 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 87.74 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 10.30 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $0.87, of which $0.69 were paid in the form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.85, Price/Sales 3.55 and Price/Book ratio 1.51. Dividend Yield: 5.96 percent. The beta ratio is 0.84. Ex-Div. Date is on December 13, 2011.

5. Telefonos de Mexico (TMX) has a market capitalization of $13.61 billion. The company employs 52,062 people, generates revenues of $8,281.68 million and has a net income of $1,120.97 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $3,204.53 million.

The total debt representing 47.24 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 169.70 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 36.48 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $1.14, of which $0.71 were paid in form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.25, Price/Sales 1.65 and Price/Book ratio 4.24. Dividend Yield: 5.59 percent. The beta ratio is 0.93. Ex-Div. Date is on December 12, 2011.

6. Mercury General Corp. (MCY) has a market capitalization of $2.55 billion. The company employs 4,800 people, generates revenues of $2,775.88 million and has a net income of $152.20 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $950.12 million.

The total debt representing 6.36 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 14.89 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 8.54 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $1.61, of which $2.37 were paid in the form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal year.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 28.93, Price/Sales 0.89 and Price/Book ratio 1.37. Dividend Yield: 5.42 percent. The beta ratio is 0.82. Ex-Div. Date is on December 13, 2011.

7. BCE Inc. (BCE) has a market capitalization of $31.12 billion. The company employs 50,200 people, generates revenues of $17,681.77 million and has a net income of $2,520.80 million. The firm’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,814.76 million.

The total debt representing 30.32 percent of the company’s assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 69.22 percent. Due to the financial situation, the return on equity amounts to 12.27 percent. Finally, earnings per share amounts to $2.66, of which $1.74 were paid in the form of dividends to shareholders last fiscal.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.04, Price/Sales 1.73 and Price/Book ratio 2.09. Dividend Yield: 5.18 percent. The beta ratio is 0.88. Ex-Div. Date is on December 13, 2011.

Source: Get Cash For Christmas: 7 Mid-Cap High Yield Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Next Week